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Celebration To Honor Pequot Library as Winner of the 2018 Connecticut Treasures Award

720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT 06890
(203) 259-0346
fax (203) 259-5602


Contact: Adair W. Heitmann, Director of Communications                           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tel. (203) 259-0346 ext. 120

September 6, 2018


Southport, CT – The votes are in, and the public’s favorite Connecticut library building is Pequot Library! Come mark the occasion with us. A celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Pequot Library has been selected by Connecticut residents for the 2018 Connecticut Treasures Award sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA Connecticut). The award was bestowed on the iconic Romanesque Revival building, which was designed by architect Robert Henderson Robertson. The Library opened to the public in March 1894 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Gina Calabro, Executive Director of AIA Connecticut will attend the award recognition along with local and state dignitaries, and the Connecticut State Troubadour, Nekita Waller will sing her 2018 “Connecticut Anthem.”

Fairfield’s First Selectman Mike Tetreau stated, “Fairfield is honored to have this vital gem in our community—one that draws in people of all ages for its magnificent programs. I applaud Pequot Library for winning this prestigious award and in doing so showing the State of Connecticut what a destination location we have in Fairfield, CT.”

Pequot Library was founded by Southport, CT residents Virginia Marquand Monroe (1837 – 1926) and Elbert B. Monroe (1836 – 1894) and is one of the oldest public association libraries in New England. Nearly 2,900 votes were cast in the online Connecticut Treasures Award contest in July, and more than 50 percent of them (1,483) were for Pequot Library, one of Fairfield’s cultural beacons. Chester Public Library came in second, and Hotchkiss Library in Sharon finished third. Pequot Library is known for its distinctive columns and three arches marking the main entrance along with the Ludowici-tiled roof. The stone/granite façade and ironwork stacks make a unique impression. The glass-tile floor and Tiffany windows welcome visitors, the auditorium is acoustically renowned with its sweeping overhead redwood beams, and in the winter, patrons enjoy reading by a glowing wood fire. Pequot Library is a full-service public association library educating and enriching people of all ages through literature, music, art, science, and the humanities for over 125 years with more than 500 annual programs. Pequot integrates its Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archives into its day-to-day services to the community through exhibitions, programs, and hands-on classes and workshops.

Pequot’s Executive Director, Stephanie J. Coakley adds, “Thank you so much to all who voted for Pequot Library. The Library is fortunate to have such a supportive community of patrons who clearly love their library!”

Please visit to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 115. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

Photo credit: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO